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#519 - F. Scott Fitzgerald Estimate: $20,000+

First edition of The Beautiful and Damned, beautifully signed by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Signed book: The Beautiful and Damned. First edition, first printing (Scribners colophon NOT present on copyright page), Bruccoli A 8.I.a. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922. Hardcover bound in green cloth, lettered in gilt and blind, with first printing pictorial dust jacket (title in white lettering), 5.5 x 7.75, 449 pages. Signed on a free end page in fountain pen, "F. Scott Fitzgerald." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/VG, with a few short tape repairs (neutral pH, acid-free, removable museum conservation tape) inside the first printing jacket, and losses near the head of the jacket's spine.

Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned is a classic Jazz Age tale of elite American society, generally considered to be based on his own relationship with his wife Zelda. Following his best-selling debut novel This Side of Paradise, Scribner's prepared an initial print run of 20,000 copies, and mounted a publicity campaign. It sold well enough to put 50,000 copies into print with later runs. As a highly desirable first edition of the work boasting a large signature, complete with its uncommon in first printing dust jacket, this is an extraordinary piece.

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